Eanes ISD opened an application period Sept. 1 for its newly formed diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, advisory committee, which will be tasked with building trust and racial awareness within the district.

The committee will report to the EISD board of trustees for a minimum term of two years and will work alongside district staff and Dr. Mark Gooden, EISD’s DEI consultant. The online application period will be open until 5 p.m. Sept. 21.

Officials will select 27 candidates, with preference given to those with expertise or interest in DEI work, according to EISD. The committee aims to include a diverse group of stakeholders, including students, parents, alumni and faculty.

In conjunction with the committee, the district recently launched a DEI website that outlines EISD’s plans to promote racial and social awareness on campus. Those plans include a pledge to examine hiring practices, traditions, staff development, policies and more.

The district has also released a list of resources for parents and students regarding how to talk to children about DEI work.

A statement on the website reads, “While we cannot rewrite history or change the parts of our past that we are not proud of, we can change the future by creating a culture of inclusion and by rejecting all forms of bigotry and racism that perpetuate hate.”